Thursday 17 March 2022

Artful Tulips thank you card

 I have been so lucky this week to get the opportunity to help create samples for one of Spellbinders NEW releases. Todays card is created using the Artful Tulips dies designed by the talented Vicky Papioannou.

I kept this card fairly clean and simple. As simple as I could... I don't do negative space very well you you will see very subtle stencilling in my white space. I kept the colours to purple tones to make the design simpler.. and because I shall send it to my friend who loves purple.

I think this turned out really pretty. I especially love how the dies also emboss, giving texture to the shapes. Also this one cuts each element separately so you can mix and match your colours. 

These are available direct form Spellbinders... Sadly I wasn't fast enough setting up my affiliate account to have personal links.. Snooze ya loose but I'm thrilled to have been part of this new release.

Thanks for sharing this card with me have an outstanding day .

x Amanda

Tuesday 15 March 2022

NEW release !!! Painted blooms card tutorial dies by Vicky Papaioannou f...

Paint your world .. I shall try card by card. Today I am sharing several beautiful cards made using a NEW collection from Spellbinders. The collection being showcased today was designed by the amazingly talented Vicky Papaioannou and the collection is called Paint your world.

My first share is this stunning tuxedo card using the Painted blooms die set.
This simple tuxedo card base is made special by the stunning dies. A beautiful detailed paintbrush decorated with greenery and hand created daisies. A true wow card. 

I have a FULL step by step tutorial on this card sharing everything from the card base to how you make the flowers. You will find the link below. I have more beautiful cards to share with you as the week unfolds.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. You can purchase the products used direct from Spellbinders by following this link

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Altered playing cards #7steampunk weekly challenge

Altered playing cards #7 Steampunk week. Here are my versions for our weekly challenge on Create with Scrimpingmommy Facebook group. Bit of messy crafting is good for the soul.

I hope my cards inspire you to give this challenge a try and feel free to come on over and join us at any time. Links for the group is in the description box of the video

Happy crafting xx Amanda


Monday 14 February 2022

Triple floating diamond card

Triple floating diamond card tutorial.

Hey everyone today I am sharing what I think is a different kind of fold. I have searched and cannot find one exactly the same. I call this a triple floating diamond card easy to, make hard to photograph ! 

The cards main feature of this card is the three diamond panels perfect for elaborate decoration. Those who are sharp eyed card makers will see this is inspired by the diamond easel card.. I doubled it up and created a different fold. \the Diamonds move and you can display the card several ways I came up with four different senarios depending how you stand it making this card super versatile.

I kept the card base plain so all the focus is on the stunning florals. These are created using Sketched flowers from the Floral Script collection by Lou Collins you can find the set used via this link I stamped using Archival ink on water colour paper and then painted the images. Once dry I cut them out but there are co-ordinating dies for this stamp
here for those who don't enjoy fussy cutting. I think you will agree these are simply stunning. 

I have a full real time tutorial with instructions and measurements here so you can learn this card too. I do hope you will give it a try and add this fancy fold to your collection of cards you can make easily at home.

Happy crafting xx Amanda


Wednesday 9 February 2022

Altered playing cards #6love weekly challenge

Altered playing cards #6love weekly challenge... 

So every Tuesday on my Facebook group Create with Scrimpingmommy we alter playing cards. Why ? I hear you ask .. because we can and if we can we will ( Thomas Shelby !! ha ha ). We love creating something from nothing, we love creating together... and mostly we just love to create little bits of art because it is fun!

You are more than welcome to join in we are on week six and this weeks theme is LOVE .. however you wish to interpret it.

I have shared a video below of how I created mine using my Papercraft society box 28 still available via Craftstash UK here >>

Hope you enjoy the video do leave a comment let me know what you think xxxx Amanda


Sunday 6 February 2022

Peacock Plumes Diamond fold tips and tricks tutorial

Happy Sunday everyone hope you are able to find some time to create today as it is good for the soul.

Yesterday I shared this simple Diamond fold card on my YouTube and did promise to share the measurements.

Such a striking card made easy by the stunning papers and pretty stamps by Lou Collins. You can find her TEXT{ures}collection by visiting this link for papers and here for the stamps 

Full instructions are in the video and you will find all measurements below.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend xxAmanda



cut A4 card to 5 x 10" ( I explain on the video how to up the size if required )
on long side score at 2 1/2 and 5 "
Diamond pieces. 2 x card cut to 3 1/4 x 3 1/4", paper layer 3 x 3"
Middle inside card layer 4 3/4 x 2 1/4" paper layer 4 1/2 x 2"
little triangles on base cut ONE square if card to 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 " cut in half to make two triangles
paper layer cut ONE square 2 x 2" cust in half to create two triangles.

Disclaimer Some of the product links used are affiliated, these do not cost you extra but by using them I will receive a small % of the sales which then help me to continue bringing you great free YouTube tutorials. Thank you so much for the support of my blog . x Amanda

Thursday 3 February 2022

Peacock plumes concertina fold tutorial

I made a card !!! my first in a very long time.

Those who have followed my blog will know I shared cards LOTS and kinda lost my love for it. After being contacted by Craftstash UK to share some of their designers products I thought I would tip my toe back in the water. This set made me fall in love with cardmaking all over again ... there will be more to come.

I have been working with the Peacock Plumes collection by the talented Lou Collins. You can find her entire TEXT{ures} collection by clicking the collection image below.

I kept the fold very basic, making simple card folds means anyone can try them. I also wanted to focus on the stunning papers and THAT AMAZING PEACOCK wow what a statement piece. Delicate and yet bold at the same time.

This beauty was cut from a sheet of the beautiful papers in the collection which has beautiful spectrum or ombre look. It's simple but stunning .

The dies cut beautifully without any drama which is important for me. And saves us all time when they cut cleanly. 

On my sample card I cut the Peacock in white card and then coloured with sponges and distress ink.

You can see my full process on the video link below. Hopefully this can help inspire you in your creativity.

I will leave measurements below for the card so it's super easy for you to follow along and create your own.

Have fun creating xxx Amanda


Card measurements

Cut A4 cord on short side to 5 7/8" score at 1 1/2, 4 1/2 and 7 1/2"
Patterned paper. Panel one 1 3/8 x  5 3/4", panel 2 7/8 x 53/4", Panel 3 4 x 5 3/4"

Disclaimer Some of the product links used are affiliated, these do not cost you extra but by using them I will receive a small % of the sales which then help me to continue bringing you great free YouTube tutorials. Thank you so much for the support of my channel. x Amanda

Wednesday 2 February 2022

Altered playing cards #5 flowers weekly challenge

Hey happy Wednesday everyone

I would love to invite you all to join in our weekly challenge altered playing cards. This weeks prompt is flowers. I had awesome fun creating mine. You can just have a go at home or you can come along and join my facebook group Create with Scrimpingmommy. The link is in the description of the video.

These are  very therapeutic mini works of art and the group members are really having fun with them.

Hope you enjoy the video xxx Amanda


Sunday 30 January 2022

DISCOUNT CODE + Peacock Plumes collection share

Happy Sunday everyone. Today I have a fabulous money saving discount code and collection share share for you.

Craftstash UK have given me an exclusive discount code MOM15 for you to use on the Peacock Plumes collection by Lou Collins. This is a brand new collection added to her Textures range. Check out the video below for more info and a close up of the full range... you can shop the range via this link >>> when going to check out don't forget the discount code offer ends 31st January 2022

Thanks for watching today have a fantastic weekend.

Amanda xx


Saturday 29 January 2022

Mixed media card inspiration

 Happy Saturday

I LOVE my Saturdays I have the laziest day and try take stock of my week and just rest.

Yesterday I shared quite a lengthy video, link is below. It's in two halves so you can skip bits or run it on x2 speed. I gave a quick share of the cards I made using the  Papercraft Society kit and a fab mixed media card tutorial.

Here are some of the backgrounds I achieved.. Like many I am still learning with this fun product.

I love how each print is unique. I use these far card backgrounds these turn a meh card to a wow piece of art card.

You can make your own little piece of art so easily with this fun kit why not watch my tutorial it will help inspire so grab a brew and get comfy enjoy the video.

x Amanda 


Friday 28 January 2022

Scrimpingmommy is back and with Papercraft Society goodies to share !

 Hello Hello

How fantastic to be back in blog land and with a big bang too. I have some fabulous cards to share all thanks to the Papercraft Society. I was sent the Papercraft Society January kit box by Craft stash UK to see what I thought. I'm going to share a un opening video link at the bottom of this page.


So here is what the box and contents looked like when I opened them and oh my goodness I was bowled over with the contents you can see the full list by clicking here. I can say I was a tad excited when I saw just how much is in there !

So I couldn't wait to dive in and quickly and easily created two cards right away. I'm sharing these here today and as I create more I will continue to share here and on my Pinterest board follow that via this blue link.

So here are my cards I hope you love them as much as I enjoyed creating them. 

Everything I used is in the January Papercraft Society box which you can purchase HERE. So fo a close up view of what is in this amazing kit take a look at my un boxing video on YouTube. Bue sure and leave a comment of what you think.

Happy crafting xxxx Amanda


Disclaimer Some of the product links used are affiliated, these do not cost you extra but by using them I will receive a small % of the sales which then help me to continue bringing you great free YouTube tutorials. Thank you so much for the support of my channel. 
x Amanda 

Thursday 12 November 2020

Luxury box for 4 x 4 cards

 After creating my large box for C6 cards i decided to reduce the measurements to create a smaller version for 4 x 4 cards. Using the stunning Snowflake splendour papers and Highland heather card I love the alternative Christmas colours in this project.

I have a full step by step tutorial for you to follow and will leave all the measurements below so you can create this pretty box with ease.


Piece 1.. 7 x 8 1/4"
on the long side score at 1-2-6 1/4- 71/4"
turn to the short side and score at 1 1/2 and 2 1/2"

Piece 2 .. 4 1/4 x 5"
score on the short side at 1/2 and 1 1/2"

Paper Layers

front flap 4 1/8 x 3 3/8"
Top 4 1/8 x 7/8"
Back 4 1/8 x 4 3/8"
Bottom 4 1/8 x 7/8"
Lower flap 4 1/8 x 1 3/8!
Sides four pieces at 4 3/8 x 7/8"

Monday 9 November 2020

LARGE luxury C6 card box

Today I am sharing my specific measurements for a box I created to hold a set of Christmas cards I have made. I wanted a co-ordinating box and the measurements had to fit my needs. I got out my ruler and put my thinking cap on and ..voila.

So the box could be used for any reason but it holds 8 - 10 C6 size cards and envelopes with ease. By using the same Heart warming hugs paper as the cards we end up with a fantastic gift set of stunning cards.

Super simple to make but I do have a full step by step YouTube tutorial for you to follow and I will leave all measurements below to make it easy for you to recreate one for yourself.

Have fun creating xxx Amanda


Piece 1 93/4 x 93/4"
on one side score at 1 - 2 1/2" then turn sheet fully and do the same on the other side
on another side score at 1 1/2 and 3"

Piece 2
4 3/4 x 8"
score on long side  1/2" and 2"

Paper layers

Back 4 1/2 x 6 1/2"
Top and bottom 1 1/4 x 4 1/2"
front flap 4 1/2 x 5 3/4" then layer again with 4 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Inside lip 4 1/2 x 1 1/4"
sides 1 1/4 x 6 1/2"